‘Cardiff regard KG a gem’


The Bafana Bafana midfielder has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with English Championship side Cardiff City after turning down the offer of a new contract to stay in the Premier League with Crystal Palace.

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“Cardiff made him a special offer and are very excited at having signed KG, and he is equally very glad to go over there," Kleinman tells KickOff.com.

Palace, who survived relegation by a whisker last season, were slow in grabbing the opportunity to sign the former Golden Arrows anchorman, according to Kleinman.

"Palace were very slow in showing interest in KG, whereas City and a few others were really showing great interest," said the player agent whose enterprise also manages the business affairs of Dikgacoi's Bafana teammate Dean Furman, who plays for Doncaster Rovers.

"In the end Palace didn't push the boat out in order to secure the deal even when they knew that he was at the end of his contract. They didn't come to the party and the player couldn't wait any more."

Kleinman reveals that there were suitors from other Premier League and Championship clubs, as well as from the PSL and other countries such as Germany.

"KG always gives 100 percent wherever he is - he did the same at Fulham – actually he gave more than a 100 percent at Palace."

Asked whether the move to Cardiff would affect his game seeing that he had become accustomed to life in 'The Big Smoke', as London is known, Kleinman says it is not an issue.

"He is a big boy, he is always ready for a new challenge. You can see this in the way he adapted to life in London after his move from South Africa. He is ready and looking forward to staying in Cardiff - it is really like a mini version of London town anyways so he will be ok," the agent adds.

Brandfort-born Dikgacoi will be coached at Cardiff by a Manchester United legend in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and that is one of the factors that persuaded him to make the move.

By Thapelo Moloantoa